Thompson helps South Carolina stymie Clemson

11:57 PM, Nov 24, 2012   |    comments
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Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Dylan Thompson threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a strong substitute start as No. 13 South Carolina continued its recent success against in-state rival Clemson with a 27-17 decision over the No. 12 Tigers at Memorial Stadium.

With regular quarterback Connor Shaw scratched due to a sprained left foot, Thompson completed 23-of-41 passes with one interception to lift the Gamecocks (10-2) to their fourth consecutive victory in the series between the Palmetto State foes.

Ace Sanders came through with 118 yards and a touchdown on six catches for South Carolina, while Bruce Ellington hauled in two of Thompson's touchdown throws in a historic triumph for Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier.

The win was Spurrier's 65th at the helm of the Gamecocks' program, moving him past Rex Enright for most in school history.

South Carolina's defense aided the cause as well, limiting a powerful Clemson attack that came in averaging 44.6 points and over 535 total yards per game to a modest 327 yards and intercepting quarterback Tajh Boyd twice.

Boyd finished an off-target 11-of-24 for 180 yards while recording a rushing and passing touchdown for the Tigers (10-2), who saw a 13-game home winning streak come to an end and lost for the first time in its last eight outings overall.

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